Knitting Patterns For Beginners


The book “Knitting Patterns For Beginners” is aimed primarily at people who are not very confident or experienced enough to work from complicated patterns with their incomprehensible abbreviations. However, some of the patterns may be of interest to experienced knitters as well.

At the start of the book are some useful tips on knitting paraphernalia that may help to encourage more people to “Have a go,” and a page is also included that explains all the abbreviations and terms used in this book.

The first few patterns are very basic but show just what can be done with a little thought and the simplest of knitting designs. As the book progresses the patterns become more complicated, but, the knitted ball, beret, frog puppet and round cushion cover all remain quite simple and basic in their design and construction. At the back of the book are more cuddly toys such as a duck, rabbit, mole and postman which are best left until a little more experience has been gained.

Anyone that works successfully through all the patterns included in this book should have gained enough confidence to tackle more complicated patterns and with a little thought, may, find that they can make up some simple patterns themselves.

About The Author


As Mrs Hartley is 83 she has been knitting for about 75 years since learning at the age of 8.  All through her life she has sat knitting in the evenings, at first while listening to the radio and then after the 60s while watching television. Having retired some 10 or 11 years ago she also spends a little while knitting in the afternoons. All this knitting is put to good use with a constant supply of sweaters for the family and cuddly toys for the youngsters. For the last few years she has also presented the local nursery/playgroup with a couple of boxes of cuddly toys every Christmas.

As you will see from this book she does not always have bought patterns to work from but often makes up her own or alters existing ones.

Mrs Hartley has written several articles for local news papers on gardening and has just been asked to write some articles for the local blind newspaper as surprisingly she is registered partially sighted, which, makes this book and her hobby, all the more remarkable. Her refusal to give up knitting as her sight has deteriorated is an inspiration to us all.

Unlike many people her age her hands are as slim and as agile as they were when she was 20 years old. Mrs Hartley’s doctor puts this manual dexterity down to her regular knitting and says that she is unlikely to ever suffer from Arthritis in her hands. It is to be hoped that she is just as able when she is in her 90’s and as her father still went out for brisk walks until he died at the age of 98 it is quite possible!


Tips On Knitting


If like Mrs Hartley you suffer from poor eye-sight, brightly coloured knitting pins are available from some shops and special row counters are also sold at blind centres and certain disability shops. Special tape measures with holes in them to enable the user to feel the measurement are also available.

Apart from coming in different colours knitting pins are also made in different lengths that can make some things easier to knit. Simple gauges can be bought for measuring the size of pins and converting from standard sizes to their metric equivalent. Some people also prefer knitting pins that are made from bamboo that can sometimes be seen on sale.

In the old days toys were stuffed with odd bits of cloth, old stockings and anything else that was available, but, nowadays with health and safety awareness it is recommended to use a fire resistant material. This can be bought from most wool shops and comes in fairly large bags that should prove sufficient to stuff 3 or 4 cuddly toys depending upon their size. The filling is specially manufactured and comes with the EU or BS standards symbols printed on the bag to guarantee quality. This material also has the advantage of being washable without clumping up in the toys.

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